Milwaukee Police Department, first responders prepare for NBA Finals Game 6
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Police Department has now worked 10 home playoff games, but Game 6 of the NBA Finals appears to be a different animal, with the outdoor crowd jumping from 25,000 to potentially 65,000 fans.
Larger crowds can often mean more potential problems for first responders.
The Milwaukee Fire Department said they received 25-30 calls a playoff game for service.
"Tight space, warm weather, stay hydrated, don't drink too much beer while you're down there," Milwaukee Fire Department Assistant Chief of Operations Russel Rivard said. "You know, a couple waters here and there."
Acting Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said the crowd expanding will not cause the department problems ensuring safety.
"We're going to keep the same type of visibility, the same type of presence," Norman said. "Utilizing the same type of resources. We had a great run, and we're going to continue to have a great run. You know, we understand the historic moment that this is."
MPD plans to expand their presence around popular bars to watch the game.
"We're going to be at the different venues and being around the city because it's important for us to ensure public safety across the city," Norman said.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office sent a statement that they are "committed to public safety in and around the forum and will support our partners at MPD in their important work."
County Executive David Crowley is encouraging fans to celebrate responsibly.
"Staying with the same spirit that we have had throughout these whole playoffs," Crowley said. "We have had thousands of people come down to the Deer District, come enjoy what we have to offer right here in downtown Milwaukee."
Norman said he expects road closures to differ from those in past playoff games surrounding the Deer District.